Looming Sequestration Cuts Put Rural Providers on Edge

With 40% of rural facilities already operating at a loss, a 2% cut about to be triggered by unchecked legislation "is incredibly challenging," says an official at the National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Policy Institute.

2 comments on "Looming Sequestration Cuts Put Rural Providers on Edge"
Mark Vande Kerkhoff (2/20/2013 at 4:46 PM)

The article's focus is on Congress, but does not give credit to the origins of the sequestration idea. I believe it is important that it also be reported: "Ultimately, the solution came from White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, who, on July 12, 2011, proposed a compulsory trigger that would go into effect if another agreement was not made on tax increases and/or budget cuts equal to or greater than the the debt ceiling increase by a future date. The intent was to secure the commitment of both sides to future negotiation by means of an enforcement mechanism that would be unpalatable to Republicans and Democrats alike. President Obama agreed to the plan. House Speaker John Boehner expressed reservations, but also agreed." Everyone wants to blame Congress and not the bill's ultimate author.
roger (2/20/2013 at 3:36 PM)

So, where's the President's plan? All he has done so far is complain about it. He promised the sequester wouldn't happen even after Democrats pushed for it in the Congressional negotiations and he signed it.


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